A little forgetfulness or negligence may cause harm, annoyance or hurt to another and we have to face its consequences and pay the fine and penalty.
Life is not always a bed of roses. It is complex, perplexing, complicated and full of riddles. From birth to death, one is faced with umpteen rules and regulations, customs, traditions, etiquette and manners. We are what we are, as we are brought up by our family traditions, environment, schooling and our cultural background. Often, we are not aware as to how to conduct in a particular situation or in a new surrounding or new place unaware of the mores, rules and traditions of that place.
Each day calls for caution, care and presence of mind from morning till evening. A little forgetfulness or negligence may cause harm, annoyance or hurt to another and we have to face its consequences and pay the penalty. Penalties have been fixed by societal norms to remind us of our duties, obligations and care to be taken by us in our actions. Failure brings us to the doorstep of fines and penalties. There are so many religious rules and laws calling for strict observance. Failure to comply will call for penal action. Forgetfulness and non-performance or plea of good intention is no excuse.
If you forget to perform “wuzu” for namaz and perform the namaz, it is not accepted, you need to repeat it again by performing “wuzu.” If you fail to keep the obligatory “roza”-fasting, you need to keep it after the month of Ramadan or feed the poor.
There are penal provisions for all omissions and commissions. Even small things like failures to carry your daily bus-pass, identity cards, tickets or even simply forgetting to tie up your ferocious dog which has bitten a stranger bring in penalties. In order to avoid facing severe penal actions due to negligence, forgetfulness or absence of mind, there are several remedies suggested by either law itself or by ‘mantras’ created by modern management techniques. All and every law enacting agency cautions due care to be taken before performing any action.
Sometimes, forgetting to wish elders, passers-by, men in authority brings displeasure, and you are sure to be called discourteous and rude. To avoid penalties to enter into your life daily or even once, you need to practise being strict with observation of rules and to acquire knowledge. You need to be meditative, prayful and conscious all the time. You need to regulate your inner urges, temper, manners and conduct by regular practice and regimentation.
Despite every care and caution in our lives, we pay heavily for our wrong actions performed innocently, unintentionally or by any innocuous action. We need to temper ourselves and adopt a posture of forgiveness, compassion and to be kind to others in our daily life than to be “shylock like” to seek the pound of flesh, for we may face another shylock around the corner who demands from us his pound of flesh.
Both religious and parliamentary laws call for compounding and compromising the disputes in some circumstances. While in many cases, punishment, fines and penalties are severely imposed for our wrong action committed intentionally or not.
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